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unhuman

[in-hyoo-muh n, or, often,,yoo-muh n ] /ɪnˈhyu mən, or, often,, ‐ˈyu mən /
adjective
1.
lacking human attributes:
The unhuman figures in his earlier work were not well received.
2.
of a quality or power beyond what is human; superhuman:
Her hands clenched the chair with unhuman strength.
3.
not a member of the human species:
Of our unhuman relatives, I love the mountain gorillas best.
Origin of unhuman
1780-1785
First recorded in 1780-85; un-1 + human
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  • At the sound of that at once unhuman and singularly confidential voice close beside him, George Lovegrove gave a guilty start.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • As always, my human organism shrank from Its unhuman neighborhood.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • It was a crumbling stump atop a rusty hill, unhuman and grotesque.

    Duel on Syrtis Poul William Anderson
  • Passion spoiled everything, and it was very ugly and unhuman.

    Mogens and Other Stories Jens Peter Jacobsen
  • Desire of mine and of the unhuman Thing, did we grasp at Eve or Lilith?

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • The word means an inhuman or unhuman man, a man who is not man.

    The Ego and His Own Max Stirner
  • The sandwich-man spasmodically opened and closed his mouth in the unhuman fashion of a ventriloquist's puppet.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • The electric shock of the young sun-beams and the unhuman beauty of the woods began to irk and daunt her.

    Prince Otto Robert Louis Stevenson
  • To all these human or unhuman aids some overburdened soul has felt free to say anything the audience might need to hear.

    Dramatic Technique George Pierce Baker
  • Nay, I tell you it is not God you speak of, but some heathen fancy, smoking up from your unhuman heart.

Word Origin and History for unhuman
adj.

1540s, "inhumane, cruel," from un- (1) "not" + human. Meaning "superhuman" is from 1782.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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